Louis van Gaal believes the exit of Woodward from Man United could help Erik ten Hag succeed

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Former Manchester United coach, Louis van Gaal believes that the exit of Ed Woodward from Manchester United could help the club’s new coach Erik ten Hag to succeed at the Premier League side.

Louis van Gaal coached Manchester United from 2014 to 2016. The 70-year-old Dutch tactician managed to help the Premier League club to win the 2015-2016 FA Cup title before he was sacked.

After him, the Premier League club appointed Jose Mourinho who did not spend more than three seasons before he was sacked due to a poor run of games.

Mourinho’s exit gave birth to the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjae who could not achieve as much as the Portuguese and the Dutch coaches before he was sacked.

Afterward, Manchester United decided to try a German coach, Ralf Rangnick, in an interim, unfortunately, the coach performed woefully and failed to qualify the club for the UEFA Champions League.

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Ahead of the 2022-2023 season, Manchester United decided to go for a Dutch coach Erik ten Hag who has been performing excellently at Ajax in the last three seasons. Luckily for Ten Hag, he joined United when Ed Woodward had decided to step down as the club’s executive vice-chairman.

Recall that under his watch, over five football managers have failed to establish themselves at Old Trafford including Louis van Gaal who is now the head coach of the Netherlands.

Earlier, the veteran coach described Manchester United as a commercial club, a comment he made to discourage coach Erik ten Hag from accepting United’s job. But Ten Hag accepted it and has since started to prepare for the coming season.

Less than a month after Ten Hag accepted the appointment, Louis van Gaal noted that his countryman might succeed at Old Trafford since Woodward is no longer the leader of the club.

“There is now a new leadership”, Louis van Gaal said. “It was Woodward and now it is Richard Arnold and that can make the difference. So we have to wait and see.

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“He (Ten Hag) has a lot of confidence. So who am I to say something about that?”

Note that Ed Woodward became the executive vice-chairman of Manchester United in 2012. After a disastrous 2021-2022 season, he decided to step down for 51-year-old British accountant, Richard Arnold.

Louis van Gaal has never coached a group like the current Netherlands team

Louis van Gaal has never coached a group like the current Netherlands team
File photo of Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward.

Louis van Gaal is currently enjoying his third spell as the head coach of the Netherlands. He first coached the Dutch team between 2000 and 2001. Van Gaal took charge of the team for the second time from 2012 to 2014. He returned to the team in 2021.

While preparing the team for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. That sparked fear that he might not lead the team to the tournament. Van Gaal calmed the tension when he announced that the “25 radiation treatments” he had undergone for the disease were a success.

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Ahead of the Nations League match between the Netherlands and Wales scheduled to kick off at 19:45 on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, the veteran coach described the Dutch team as his present.

“This is not the moment to speak about my disease,” Luis Van Gaal said.

“But I can assure you that I can manage because this group is a present for me. In my career, I have never coached such a group.”

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